The Note: You Can't Always Get What You Want

The Washington Post's Dan Eggen looks at the first day of hearings of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, a private nonprofit group made up of former members of the Sept. 11 commission, in which former deputy attorney general Jamie Gorelick accused the FBI of abject failure in its attempts to remake itself in the post-9/11 climate. LINK

USA Today's John Diamond leads with the criticisms of the U.S. government's attempts to reorganize its intelligence efforts leveled by John Gannon, the chairman of the National Intelligence Council and former head of CIA intelligence analysis. LINK

Guantanamo Bay:

Floyd Abrams, Bob Barr, and Thomas Pickering argue on the Washington Post's op-ed page that there needs to be an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate allegations of abuse of terror suspects, modeled on the 9/11 commission. LINK

Dick Morris uses his New York Post column to urge the Bush Administration to stop "resting on [its] laurels" and get ahead of the Gitmo story by appointing a commission to investigate alleged abuses. LINK

Congress:

AP previews today's Hill hearings on pension funding, focused largely on the airline industry. LINK

Roll Call's Mary Ann Akers reports that Clear Channel lobbyists Jessica Marventano and Robert Fisher are throwing a Clear Channel PAC-hosted "it's getting chilly in Hell" fundraiser for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid at Charlie Palmer Steak on June 13.

Dean's Democrats:

The Hill's Bolton follows up on our reporting here yesterday with this lead: LINK

"Three top fundraisers at the Democratic National Committee have resigned at a time when its chairman, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, has come under fire from fellow Democrats for controversial comments and his Republican counterpart has raised more than twice as much money."

"Democratic sources link the resignations to Dean's decision to focus on raising money in small increments through the Internet, as he did during his 2004 presidential bid, and building up the party's grassroots infrastructure while paying little attention to major Democratic donors."

"But other Democrats say the first several months after a party's losing presidential campaign are naturally a time of transition and it will take time for committee officials to get their 'sea legs.' Dean's defenders also note that DNC fundraising is ahead of where it was at this point after the last presidential election, when Democrats could still raise unlimited amounts of soft money."

Former Sen. John Edwards blogs his response to press coverage of his public criticism of DNC chairman Howard Dean:

"Howard and I have been saying the same thing about this for years. Hear that? The same thing. For years. Have I ever put it some way that Howard wouldn't agree with? Probably. And he put it in a way, once, just the other day, that I cant agree with, since I come from a place where hard-working people, who are better served by the agenda and passion of the Democrats, somehow still vote Republican. But Howard and I are committed to a 50-state strategy that will reach out to those voters, in North Carolina, and in Kansas, and in Tennessee, across this country and tell the truth about what is happening in this country to their jobs, to their health care, to their forests and streams, to their vision of what this country is and should be."

We catch your drift, Senator. LINK

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